Bulimia nervosa: Are the natural healing properties of CBD a cure?
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Most people enjoy eating
Most people when they are asked about it will admit that they thoroughly enjoy eating. We have been created with a nervous system and a brain which is able to provide feelings of contentment and satisfaction when we eat. Many believe this is because eating provides us with the certainty that we will survive and that we will be able to raise up children that will honor our legacy. They themselves will continue to live full and happy lives such as enjoying their food. Unfortunately, this is not everyone’s experience. Some people when they eat will experience fear and feelings of anxiety. Just thinking of food or seeing food can make someone suffering from Bulimia nervosa extremely uncomfortable. This is why they are left with no other option but to avoid food altogether. The interesting thing regarding Bulimia nervosa sufferers is the fact that their thoughts are often preoccupied with food. They will also consistently think of other people and how to feed them. Regardless of whether you are suffering from Bulimia nervosa or not food will continue to impact our lives.
Bulimia is very similar to anorexia
There are many features of bulimia which are also shared by anorexia. According to researchers, these people will alternate in between a loss of self-control and a careful restricting of eating habits. On those occasions when control is lost these individuals will very quickly consume thousands of calories. In doing so they will experience the pleasure of eating but the process is so unnatural that it is causing severe injury to the esophagus and in some cases also to the teeth. Ironically whatever they do one way or the other will provide some form of reward. It will provide them with a measure of control over their bodies and they will also suppress depressive feelings even though it’s only temporary. Extensive research which has been conducted over many years are now indicating that bulimia and anorexia may be the result of an imbalance in the chemistry of the brain. The results of the research which have been conducted have been published in the Biological Psychiatry magazine. This study has provided interesting insights into the role which is played by the brain. Apparently, the brain’s own endogenous marijuana neurotransmitter system which is better known to people as the endocannabinoid system is acting in interesting ways. It is well-known that exogenous marijuana can impact a person’s mood and indirectly also their feeding behavior. This study has shown that the normal functioning of the endocannabinoid system simply does not work properly in people who are suffering from either bulimia or anorexia.
The unique demands of the body as far as food is concerned
The system which is regulating the feeding behaviors of people such as their appetite is very complex. Several systems are involved such as the brain and several peripheral organs. Between those organs, there are many neural pathways which have to be connected in a certain way. Extensive research into all of these matters seems to suggest that the bodies endogenous endocannabinoid is one of the primary role players when it comes to announcing rewarding events such as eating. In one study researchers made use of positron emission tomography in an attempt to better investigate the position of the endocannabinoid system in the brain. As subjects, they have used 30 women with bulimia and anorexia and all of the results which have been obtained in this way was then compared to a control group consisting of a normal woman in the same age group. They made an interesting discovery that the marijuana-like neurotransmitter system in the human brain does not function as effectively in those women with bulimia or anorexia. Apparently, that part art of the brain which is responsible for that important link between food and human emotional response to eating simply do not function effectively. The irony is that those humans simply could never fully experience the pleasure normally associated with food. It was discovered that they have developed incorrect responses and rituals to that food. Many other eating disorders are also linked to this part of the brain which is known as the insula.
Having a working insula
Those people without bulimia or anorexia are able to incorporate the varied sensory aspects of food such as flavor, texture and taste and also their particular level of being hungry. These people will then also respond to the rewarding properties of having eaten that food. Research has shown that the insula is able to process information which is based on a wide range of sensations which will provide an accurate indication of how we feel. This would include things such as temperature, stomach pH, pain, how we feel, sensual touch and intestinal tension. All of these feelings combine to provide an overall sense of the current state of the body. The insula, therefore, performs several interesting functions. It is in the insula where we experience emotions after we have eaten and also where the thoughts originate that we need to eat. We know that our brain‘s endocannabinoid system is normally responsible to control the amount of pleasure that is derived from various sensory experiences. This is why we are motivated to repeatedly experience certain things. In those people who have an obsessive interest in food and also have a negative emotional response to food is the people who were suffering from a dysfunction in the brain as far as the endocannabinoid system is concerned. New research and other emerging information can help individuals and healthcare professionals to redefined the kind of medications which might be able to help to deal with the symptoms associated with bulimia and anorexia.
There are many research projects that the show that CBD cannabinoid can have a substantial impact on both the CB one and CB two receptors. This will lead to a reduction in anxiety. It is also known that using CBD can help people to combat the drawbacks of THC. People suffering from eating disorders can make use of CBD to reduce the intense anxiety which they are experiencing in response to weight gain and eating. It is important to use CBD products correctly because making excessive use of cannabis can lead to other side effects such as anxiety, depression, and panic which can make eating disorders worse.
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